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Camera turns off when I try to view pictures recently taken

My canon A520 turns off as soon as i flip the switch in the back to view the pictures i have taken. Its about a year old. Is there anyway to reset the camera? Any other solutions? Thank you much

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  • jesse alons Apr 16, 2006

    in addition when i try to plug the camera into the computer and download the pictures the computer will not recognize that there is even a camera plugged.



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If you are using alkalines, switch to NiMH first. This is very important because these cameras draw more power then alkalines can give. Dont listen to what the tv tells you alkalines just do not have the power these cameras need. Walmart sells a 4 pack with a charger. You will thank yourself for getting them. If after you have done that and you still have a problem then it may need further attention. But the first thing you need to do is switch to NiMH batteries. This is the cheapest and easiest thing you can do first.

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Sounds like its time for this camera to go back to its maker to be analized. try contacting this number 1 800 828-4040 If they cant help then a local camera guru can assist you in deciding if its worth the repair

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I have a Canon Power Shot A520 and have just put in a new memory card 4GB and new batteries. When I turn on camera is says memory card error at the top of the sceen. Why is that?

The A520 is designed to work with SD cards. Your 4GB card is actually an SDHC card. While it fits into the slot, it is electronically incompatible.

You need to use SD cards 2GB and smaller.

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Canon powershot A520 doesn't work in camera mode. I can look at and edit pictures in viewing mode, but switching to "camera" won't let me take pictures... in this mode it also lets me view pictures already...

Do other buttons work? If so, the switch could be broken because it sounds it doesn't switch to the CAMERA mode, just stays at the VIEW mode.
If you're not experienced in repairs, you should give it to a local repair shop or Canon service center.

Sorry for the bad news. I repair these cameras very often.


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Memory card error

Format the camera and only go up to a 2gb card.

Aug 11, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Inserted a memory card and it says memory card error

Is it a new 4GB memory card? If so that might be your problem. The card would likely be an SDHC card, and your camera was designed well before the SDHC format came out. Your camera can only use standard SD cards (2GB or less).

But if the card is less than 2GB, it could have become corrupted. In this case you could try formatting the card in the camera to see if this would rejuvenate it. This will also erase the card. See this post if you wish to first recover those pictures.

Finally, if this is occurring with multiple cards, and is also saying "card locked" even though the tiny slide switch is in the unlocked position, then see this post for a possible remedy.

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I bet you can't solve this.

We have a Canon A520 and it was having all the symptoms noted. Searched for a resolution on numerous sites including the Canon Support site. While on the Canon Support site, I found an FAQ on "How to RESET the A520". Turn camera on, find and hold MENU button for 5+ seconds until "Reset settings to default?" screen appears. Arrow over to OK and press the SET button. When we did this the battery low indicator showed, replaced batteries with standard alkaline batteries. Everything functions properly, with no additional problems for the past 5 days. I guess the camera just lost its mind and had to be defaulted and rebooted, hope this helps.

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Sounds like you have a bad CCD. You can try contacting Canon to check out your options on how to get this repaired. Unfortunately the S2IS is not on their CCD recall list of cameras.

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Canon Powershot A520 Stuck in View Picture Mode

You need to power it with rechargable batteries. with the MAH being no less than 2000. I bought a charger which came with 2batteries for less than a tenner

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Tab on the camera. E18 is a stuck lens. This is common on this camera. I'm not saying this will fix it, but don't break it.

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